The Great Raid [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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While it's easy to see why Spielberg and Cruise bailed - not enough drama, no big star role - the end result certainly isn't anything to be ashamed of. Based on the most successful rescue mission in US military history, when a group of untested Rangers rescued 500 prisoners of war in Cabanatuan in the Philippines before their Japanese captors could kill them, it's the kind of film you're surprised wasn't made decades ago.Read more ›
After the fall of Corregidor to the Japanese in 1942, tens of thousands of U.S. troops were herded off to captivity on the shameful Bataan Death March. Those that survived the trek languished in POW camps such as Cabanatuan, which contained 500+ prisoners in January 1945, by which time MacArthur was recapturing Philippine real estate. A battalion of Army Rangers was tasked with rescuing the Cabanatuan inmates. THE GREAT RAID is the story of that mission.
One notable feature of this film is that it and the audience are not overwhelmed by the presence of superstars which steal the show. Rather, its cast is made up of relative unknowns (at least to me) portraying professional fighters going about their business. Joseph Fiennes plays the malaria-ridden Major Gibson, the senior American officer in Cabanatuan, Motoki Kobayashi as Gibson's head jailer, the venomous Major Nagai, and Benjamin Bratt as Lt. Colonel Mucci, the commander of the Ranger rescue force.Read more ›
The U.S prisoners were force marched to 'POW' camps, thousands perished on the march.
Almost three years later the U.S army are poised to advance on the occupied territory, however it is realised that around 500 prisoners in the 'Cabantauan' camp would allmost certainly be killed by the Japanese before the advancing army could reach them.
A group of 'U.S' Rangers are assembled to attempt a daring raid behind enemy lines to secure the 'POW's' release.
'Filipino' Guerrillas volunteer to assist the U.S rescue mission.
This is a story of courage and struggle for survival by the 'POW's' living in intollerable conditions, along with the bravery of the underground resistance in 'Manilla' and of course the courage shown by all during the rescue mission.
The story tells of many aspects of struggle during the Japanese occupation of the 'Philippines' during 'WW2'
I did buy the film when released on 'DVD' a few years back and was pleased to see it re-released on this format.
I believe in time the film could be rated a WW2 -classic.
How many other equally heroic story's are there yet to be told ?
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I am not interested in the DVD’s content, only in whether it contains English subtitles for the deaf. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Deaf Ears
Oh here we go again, the Americans winning the war. Not a bad effort, supposedly based on a real event. Fair viewing if unchallenging.Published 3 months ago by Anthony Steadman